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Japanese Internment


During World War II, approximately 110,000 Japanese-Americans were evacuated from their homes and businesses to internment camps scattered throughout the interior of the United States. Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in February of 1942, ordered that all Japanese-Americans be evacuated from the West Coast. This order was carried out quickly, as Japanese -Americans from all of California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington were told what they could not carry and were boarded onto trains to 16 assembly centers. There they would live in temporary housing for much of the spring and summer of 1942 until permanent camps were built. These permanent internment camps were constructed in rural areas where life was made more difficult by the harsh temperatures and desert and swamp-like environments. The barracks where the Japanese-Americans would have to live were hastily built without consideration for the brutal climate or the need for privacy. In these conditions, surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards, the Japanese-Americans would live until the end of the war, approximately 3 years later.


  • Discover why Japanese-Americans were placed into internment camps.
  • Discover whether German and/or Italian-American’s had their Constitutional rights denied.
  • Lastly, uncover why this blatant violation of civil rights was allowed to occur and continue throughout the course of the war.


You will answer each question by reading from the link/s provided for each. If you feel that you need further information for understanding, use a metasearch such as Dogpile or Unabot, or a search engine/directory such as Google or Bing. Be sure to answer each in Google Classroom, in complete sentences.

1) Contrast the reason President Roosevelt gave to Japanese Americans for Executive Order 9066 versus the reason he gave to the rest of the nation.

2) In your own words, explain how Executive Order 9066 affected Japanese-Americans.

3) Describe who the other groups of Americans were that Executive Order 9066 affected, why they were chosen and how they were affected.

4) Explain why Executive Order 9066 was NOT ruled unconstitutional in 1944.

5) Describe how the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 dealt with Executive Order 9066.


After the initial 30 minutes have passed, the answers to FDR‘s executive order questions will be discussed and evaluated.